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After Website Blasts Barron's Clothes, Chelsea Goes to Bat

Clinton daughter stands up for first son after Daily Caller ripped his attire choice

(Newser) - If anyone understands what it's like to be a first child living in the White House, it's Chelsea Clinton. So it's not surprising she was one of many who came to Barron Trump's defense after a conservative website dressed him down—for wearing khaki shorts and... More »

Why Consumers in India Will Love This Washing Machine

Panasonic washer has a 'curry' button, 'daily sari' setting

(Newser) - Consumers in India may have to pay a little more for a just-debuted Panasonic washing machine, but those desperate to get a certain type of stain out may find the appliance worth the extra outlay. In what Gizmodo UK calls the "corporate holy grail" of customer-tailored service, the electronics... More »

What to Wear? Women Spend Months Deciding

5 months over working life, according to UK survey of 2K

(Newser) - Women sometimes get a bad rap for having a hard time deciding what to wear, but leave it to a uniform supplier to try to quantify just how much time they spend pondering outfits before heading out the door. A study of 2,000 women, commissioned by UK uniform supplier... More »

Drying Laundry Indoors Is Unhealthy

Can promote allergies, asthma: study

(Newser) - Got allergies or asthma? You may want to avoid drying your clothes inside your home: A study finds that many households suffer from too much moisture, and laundry is to blame for up to a third of the damp, the BBC reports. "Going into people's homes, we found... More »

Amazon's Challenge: Selling Clothes That Actually Fit

Farhad Manjoo has some ideas

(Newser) - Amazon is looking to become a force in the apparel industry, but there's one rather big problem, as Farhad Manjoo discovered: Despite the site's vast selection, it's still difficult to find pants that actually fit. This is a big problem with online retailers in general, which could... More »

JCPenney Opens Facebook Store

People can go shopping without leaving the site

(Newser) - JCPenney has achieved a watershed in online retail: It's opened a full-fledged store within Facebook, Consumerist reports. The store's application looks more or less like a conventional retail website, except with the characteristic social networking features: users can "like" an item and share product pages and reviews with friends... More »

Fertile Women Buy Sexier Clothes

But it's for the sake of other women

(Newser) - Women are more likely to pick out sexy clothes when they’re ovulating, particularly if they think they have competition for potential partners, scientists say. A new study says women subconsciously lean toward the skimpy and seductive if they’re ovulating and see other attractive women nearby. “In order... More »

Inside the World of LiLo... Celeb Hoarder?

Shoes up to the ceiling, clothes everywhere in Lindsay Lohan's home

(Newser) - The latest question swirling through the gossip universe: Is Lindsay Lohan a secret celebrity hoarder? To say the embattled actress has a lot more shoes and clothes than the average woman is the understatement of the year, as Part 1 of her interview with The Insider last night revealed. Though... More »

A Year of First Lady Fashion

A look back at Michelle Obama's daring sartorial debut

(Newser) - After a year of big guns, big designers, and bold choices, New York takes a look back at the many styles of first lady Michelle Obama. Who can forget the inaugural outfits, the Grand Canyon shorts, and all those cardigans? For many more photos, and info on designers, click here... More »

Jenny Sanford's Clothes Send Clear Message

(Newser) - While Mark Sanford spews "sloppy verbiage" in the "salacious terms of a Harlequin bodice-ripper," his wife is also making a statement—with her wardrobe, Robin Givhan writes in the Washington Post. Givhan finds "something splendidly defiant" in Jenny Sanford's white shorts and flowery tops. Other... More »

Palin Shopping Spree OK: Feds

Commission nixes complaint that RNC's $150K in clothing purchases broke law

(Newser) - The Federal Election Commission dismissed today a complaint that the Republican National Committee broke the law when it bought $150,000 in clothes for then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The FEC said purchases were “coordinated party expenditures” for campaign purposes, and did not violate... More »

OMG, You Guys, Celebs Wear Outfits Twice!

As recession chic grows, old clothes become the new black

(Newser) - Just as fashionistas have come to terms with our first lady buying clothes off the rack and (gasp!) online, a new bombshell: celebrities are wearing outfits more than once. In public! And it's not just Mrs. O—Liz Hurley rocked the same dress twice, Cher apparently recycled a... More »

Recession Strikes Noses as Thrifty Delay Laundry

Recession prompts thrift at the laundromat

(Newser) - The recession may be making the US a little smellier, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Americans are scrimping on laundry by buying cheaper detergent, dry cleaning less often and—in the case of 60% of shoppers, according to one poll—wearing clothes multiple times between washings. More »

Clothes Spending Spree 'Out of Our Control:' Todd Palin

(Newser) - Todd Palin says the $150,000 spending spree that outfitted his wife during last fall’s campaign was “out of our control,” the AP reports. “You come into a campaign late,” he told Men’s Journal. “You put all your trust into the team.”... More »

Recession's Fashion Must: a Purple Tie

Brown's rocking the regal color—but Mrs. Obama started it

(Newser) - In the past, a male politician wanting to project seriousness would opt for the old standby of a red necktie. But in recent months Gordon Brown, the British prime minister and go-to guy of the global financial crisis, has conspicuously chosen purple ties, as have his foreign secretary and the... More »

Palin Stylists Collected $110K for 10-Week Campaign

Hair and makeup stylist costs revealed in lastest campaign filings

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's hair and makeup stylists cost John McCain's campaign $110,000 for the 10 weeks she was vice-presidential candidate, reports the New York Times.  Palin’s makeup artist—an Emmy nominee for her work on So You Think You Can Dance?—pocketed over $68,000 for the campaign... More »

Spree May Have Exceeded $150K

(Newser) - And you thought $150,000 was a lot to spend on clothes. A McCain campaign aide tells Newsweek that Sarah Palin spent "tens of thousands" more than that, with up to $40,000 going to husband Todd's wardrobe. Other sources say that most of the money came from one... More »

Palin Slims Down on Trail

Drops to size 4 with Lean1 shakes since joining campaign

(Newser) - This may explain the new clothing bill. Since joining the GOP ticket, Sarah Palin has gone down a size in clothing, to a 4, the Daily News reports. Alaska's all-American governor has been guzzling Lean1 shakes on the campaign trail. That's the drink most notably pimped by former NFL Pro-Bowler... More »

Hasselbeck and Palin Dress Down Clothes Critics

Women blast 'sexist' attack

(Newser) - Conservative View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck hit the campaign trail with Sarah Palin yesterday to blast the media flap over the Palin family's $150,000 campaign wardrobe—purchased by the GOP—as a “deliberately sexist” diversion and blatant double standard. More »

New Palin Had to Dress Like Old Palin on SNL

(Newser) - The life of a stylist is all about communication. When Sarah Palin appeared on Saturday Night Live, the show's designer had to convince her to scrap her fancy new clothes and instead dress the way she used to—in essence, to dress as the character of Sarah Palin as played... More »

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